Tag Archives: nursing home

Nothing depressing here

Visiting nursing homes when I was young always made me so depressed. All those old people in one place. I remember those homes as dark and smelly, not necessarily a bad smell, but an old smell. I sometimes accompanied my … Continue reading

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Reductions

Like fine gourmet chefs, my mother, sister, and I distilled my mother’s material possessions into a rich and bold reduction. Selecting a specific chair, table, television, photos, a painting, a lamp, some clothes, and plants from her house, we moved … Continue reading

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The Closing and the Closing

We found a nursing home for my mother that seems pretty wonderful. It is just minutes from my sister and it seems high-spirited, positive, organized, mindful, and caring. It is privately owned and run by a single family. The residents … Continue reading

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Transitions

My stepfather died last week surrounded by those who loved him. We each held a physical part of him (finger, toe, hand, foot, arm, face) as he transitioned from this world. His funeral was Sunday. Because he was a devoted … Continue reading

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Burning House, Burning Out

I remember years ago standing on the corner of Belmont and Broadway in Chicago, across the street from Jane Addams Center Hull House (where I used to volunteer a lot of my time), watching fire engines gather and firemen fight … Continue reading

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